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or potato bug

[puh-tey-toh-buhg, -tey-tuh-] /pəˈteɪ toʊˌbʌg, -ˈteɪ tə-/
Also called potato beetle.
Origin of potatobug
1790-1800, Americanism

Colorado potato beetle

a black and yellow leaf beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata, originally of Colorado and neighboring states but now a common pest in all potato-growing regions of the U.S.
Also called Colorado beetle, potato beetle, potatobug.
1865-70, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for potato beetle
Historical Examples
  • The cutworm, the tomato worm, the horn worm, potato beetle and various blights may come to tomatoes.

  • Change the potato beetle larv to some other plant, and watch the result.

  • Among the beetles which are found in gardens is the potato beetle, which destroys the potato plant.

    A Civic Biology George William Hunter
  • Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata) can cause a world of damage to young plants.

    The Tomato Paul Work
  • The Colorado potato beetle, or "potato bug," sometimes injures tomatoes, but not as a rule when potatoes are available.

  • Agriculture, carried on with irrigation, suffers from insect plagues like the Colorado potato beetle.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
  • The "June bug" or "May beetle" and the potato beetle are good examples of beetles.

  • The potato beetle, tobacco worm, etc., are too well known to need description.

    Agriculture for Beginners Charles William Burkett
  • If it is a biting insect, that is one that eats the leaf, such as the potato beetle, paris-green should be used.

    Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study Ontario Ministry of Education
  • Professor Tower has experimented for a number of years with various species of Leptinotarsa, the potato beetle.

    Being Well-Born Michael F. Guyer
British Dictionary definitions for potato beetle

potato beetle

another name for the Colorado beetle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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